It's tough keeping up with Ted Turner, but Sportsman Channel will have the cable pioneer and philanthropist on its air this summer as part of his son Beau's first TV series.
Sportsman Channel is scheduled to bow the weekly show Beau Knows Outdoors in July, hosted by the renowned sportsman and conservationist Beau Turner. Produced by Warm Springs Productions, the show features Turner, the son of the CNN founder, hosting a new type of outdoors program, focusing not only on hunting and fishing, but land conservation and management issues that arise as he oversees Turner Enterprises' more than 2 million acres around the country.
Each episode will feature a "Beau Knows" segment in which he'll talk about hot-button outdoors issues, including property management and conservation, embracing adventure, endangered species populations and conservation.
Turner's beliefs are rooted in the North American Wildlife Conservation Model, whose two basic tenets are that fish and wildlife belong to all of the continent's citizens and should be managed in way that those populations will be perpetually sustained.
"No other country has brought its wildlife species back and preserved them like we have," said Turner.
Beau Knows Outdoors will also place a strong emphasis on youth participation and recruitment, initiatives Turner has been involved with for a number of years. He will take children from his namesake Beau Turner Youth Conservation Center for adventures in the great outdoors.
"We need to get youth involved, but we're going up against videogames, Facebook and TV. The land and the opportunities are there for hunting, fishing and shooting," said Turner. "If we don't get our youth enthused, we're facing a loss of species -- the outdoorsman in America."
Sportsman CEO Gavin Harvey believes the younger Turner will come across very well on the series. "Beau's enthusiastic, entertaining and charismatic," said Harvey. "His passion for the outdoors and conservation and get youngsters involved shine through."
Shooting began a year ago across Turner Enterprises' properties in New Mexico, Kansas, Montana., Florida, South Dakota and Arkansas, among other locales. "I don't know of a better bucket list of the outdoors," said Turner.
That filming will initially yield eight half hours, completing a story arc, said Harvey, noting he expects Sportsman to add four or five more episodes to the show's rookie run, before launching more seasons down the road.
"We look at this an event with impressive, never-before-seen aerial footage of the Turner Ranch. Beau Knows Outdoors will be one of the beautiful and intriguing lifestyle show in the outdoor genre and all of lifestyle programming in 2011," Harvey said, adding it will be supported by a strong marketing push on Sportsman, as well as its parent, Intermedia Partners' other holdings in the outdoor arena.
As for his dad, Beau Turner said Ted will be featured in one of the installments mid-way through the cycle with the cable legend talking about quail conservation.
"He has so many things going on globally. I'm happy that he's involved. He's my best friend, next to my son," said Beau about his famous father. "He's excited about the show and it will be a good place for viewers to hear him talk about the quail template."